Fast-track processing under the regular procedure has been applied since 23 September 2014 for Syrian nationals and stateless persons with former habitual residence in Syria (see section on Regular Procedure: Fast-Track Processing). In 2020, a total of 3,894 positive decisions were issued under this procedure. The Syria fast-track procedure is available only for Syrian nationals and stateless persons with former habitual residence in Syria who entered the Greek territory before the entry into force of the EU-Turkey Statement or entering the Greek territory through the Greek-Turkish land borders. A contrario applications of those arrived on the islands after 20 March 2016 are examined under the Fast-Track Border Procedure.
Fast-track border procedure on the islands
Following the amendment of the IPA by L.4686/2020, applications for international protection submitted by Syrian nationals are the only ones examined on admissibility on the basis of the Safe Third Country concept mentioned. Asylum seekers of other nationalities are examined only on the merits. Previously decisive criteria regarding whether a request for international protection is examined on the both admissibility and merits (“merged procedure”) or only on the merits, based on recognition rate, is no longer applicable.
 Information provided by the Ministry of Migration and Asylum, 31 March 2020.
 Article 83 (7) L. 4636/2019, as amended by Article 15 L. 4686/2020.